Robin’s Egg blue garden bench

This area just outside the morning room with a Robin's Egg Blue garden bench.

This area just outside the morning room with a Robin’s Egg Blue garden bench.

My Robin’s Egg blue garden bench just outside my morning room door. I can see this decorated garden area just outside as I sit in my morning room. This is the first year for this area and it will mature over time as I add more plants of interest.

This is the only river birch you can plant close to foundations. It's called a Heritage river birch approved by the NC landscaping guide for sidewalks and home foundations...flowergardengirl.com

This is the only river birch you can plant close to foundations. It’s called a Heritage river birch approved by the NC landscaping guide for sidewalks and home foundations…flowergardengirl.com

Pink pansies and the American flag are the focus of a large craftsman style home at flowergardengirl.com

Pink pansies and the American flag are the focus of a large craftsman style home at flowergardengirl.com

My front porch is always the awe and love of passer bys as they wish they were sitting in my swing admiring the landscaping. I know this is bragging but I designed my home with porches being a big part of the lifestyle. It will be decorated in Autumn.

Two medium sized crepe myrtles at the home of flowergardengirl.com

Two medium sized crepe myrtles at the home of flowergardengirl.com

There are many crepe myrtles in my yard and these two little dark pink specimens are on the not-so-traveled side of my home.

Quilt flag and one of many I want to assemble. flowergardengirl.com

Quilt flag and one of many I want to assemble. flowergardengirl.com

Wishing you here for a cup of tea and something yummy to eat. Have a nice day.

Crepe Myrtles in another post!

Crepe Myrtles….Wafting Buscuit Breezes on an old Crepe Myrtle

Valentine Crepes

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Sugar Tip, Blue, and White Chiffon Rose of Sharons

White Chiffon Rose of Sharon

Blooming beautifully in my garden are Proven Winners’ Chiffon series of Hibicus syriacus. I also have Blue Satin in the front and back of my house. They are all long bloomers which cover the bush from top to bottom. They grow quickly to approximately 12′ in just a few seasons. Hardy in zones 5-9. I like White Chiffon the best because it shows up so well from the road for great curb appeal.

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Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon by Proven Winners

Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon

Sugar Tip Rose of Sharon by Proven Winners

Sugar Tip Rose of Sharon

Sugar Tip Rose of Sharon by Proven Winners

And why did I put it by my back steps like this—long story—It was moved from our former home and survived sitting in the middle of our yard for 8 months of no watering and not attention while the house was being built. Then I moved it here May of 08 to give a chance to recuperate. I suppose it will be trimmed and moved again this Autumn. Just where I’m not sure yet but it is worth the effort. As you can see from the sidewalk that it has already lost lots of blooms that have dropped and it’s still going strong!

Blue Satin Rose of Sharon by Proven Winners

Lastly Blue Satin which has a bunch of eaten up leaves which is proof my garden is organic. Even with these poor leaves, the blooms have been beautiful. My other Rose of Sharons were not affected so badly. I can highly recommend PW’s cultivars. I would say that I have purchased about half of PW’s in my garden and PW has sent me the other half asking that I test them and then write about what I think. They do this for several garden writers and I’m appreciative. Just this week I got the new 2010 catalog and it’s fantastically beautiful. I think it’s the best one yet!

You can go to http://provenwinners.com/ and look up plants for your zone—get color ideas, arrangement inspiration, and see their new online magazine. I was buying PW’s long before they ever showed interest in sending me any. I worked at a PW nursery for 6 years off and on and loved seeing the new plants come in. My passion is new cultivars and so far—-PW leads the way. I hope you will start asking your local nursery for them and be specific. A nursery would love to know what your desires are for 2010. You need to start asking now cause they are already making plans for what to order.

I’ll be making a list soon of my favorite and must have PW’s to share with you. I’ve not done that in the past and found it hard to locate the many I suggest to my friends and those I do arrangements for. This year I’m trying to get the word out so you can ask early and help your nursery get prepared. And how is my garden growing today…………

Flowergardengirl Craftsman Cottage Home and Garden

That crazy Senorita Rosalita cleome on the right—split in half, mended itself, and keeps on blooming like a fool.

Flowergardengirl Craftsman Cottage Home and Garden Knock Out Roses

Just in front left is the new Ipomoea by PW that I’m going to write about next! And my Knock Out red roses are doing well this year but not blooming as much as last year. We’ve been on the cool side except for yesterdays heat wave.

Cockscomb at Flowergardengirl's house

Look at my cut cockscomb vase—huge!

Ok—more in a bit…….hugs to all!